Portuguese cinema in international festivals

by Porto/Post/Doc / 04 09 2019

"A Herdade" by Tiago Guedes and "Cães que ladram aos pássaros" by Leonor Teles are the two Portuguese films to be present at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival. "Vitalina Varela", by Pedro Costa, confirmed in several festivals.

Tiago Guedes' feature film, starring Albano Jerónimo, will join the festival's official competition, whose jury is chaired by director Lucrecia Martel. "A Herdade" will also be screened at TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival. Toronto's festival starts tomorrow and will also feature the Portuguese films "A Mordida" by Pedro Neves Marques and "Sol Negro" by Maureen Fazendeiro.

The Orizzonti competitive section of the Venice Festival includes Leonor Teles' new short film entitled "Cães que ladram aos pássaros". The film follows the summer days of Vicente and his family, forced to leave their house in central Porto, due to real estate speculation. The director attended the 2018 edition of Porto/Post/Doc for an industry session, held in partnership with Cultura em Expansão, cultural program of the Porto City Council. The Venice Film Festival ends on 7 September.

Acclaimed by national and international critics and winner of several awards in Locarno, including the Golden Leopard, Pedro Costa's "Vitalina Varela" has already been confirmed for several film festivals, including TIFF - International Film Festival Toronto, NYFF - New York Film Festival, BFI - London Film Festival and Viennale, in Venice. In addition, the film has already guaranteed commercial distribution in several countries, including Portugal. In 2015, Porto/Post/Doc screened the director's previous feature film, "Horse Money", as part of the regular program Há Filmes na Baixa!.

Also coming from Locarno, "Prazer, Camaradas!", by José Filipe Costa, will be screened in BFI - London Film Festival, that takes place from October 2 to 13.

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